Jacques Raphael, Florida Track Sports Director, had opportunity to volunteer at the recent Invictus Games in Orlando, Fl.
Central State University (Wilberforce, Ohio) track and field coach James Rollins started his coaching career with youth athletes competing in events hosted by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).
Director of the Total Effect Sports Academy in Columbus, Ohio, Rollins started the program in 2008 with his then-wife to reach inner city youth and teach them about track and field, being healthy and the fundamentals of the sport. He credits his experience with AAU for helping to prepare him for life as a college coach.
Longtime AAU volunteer Samuel Giambelluca passed away at home in Poplar Bluff, Missouri on Sept. 7 surrounded by his family. Sam was the National Chair of the AAU Junior Olympic Games Track and Field program for 16 years and hosted the national meet in 1966, 1972 and 1974. He was Co-Director of the first AAU / USA Junior Olympic Games National Basketball Championship held in Poplar Bluff and received a 25-year service pin from the AAU in 1992.
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